CAF CL: Isaac Mensah's clinical finish earns Hearts first leg victory against Wydad

CAF CL: Isaac Mensah's clinical finish earns Hearts first leg victory against Wydad

  • Hearts of Oak beat Wydad Athletic Club 1-0 at home in the CAF Champions League
  • Isaac Mensah netted the only goal as the Phobians travel to Morocco with a slim advantage
  • The winner on aggregate progresses to the Group stages of the competition

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Ghanaian giants, Accra Hearts of Oak defeated Moroccan champions Wydad Athletic Club 1-0 in the first leg of their CAF Champions League round of 32 tie.

Striker Isaac Mensah's stunning strike earned the Phobians an important victory ahead of their trip to Morocco next week for the second leg.

In photos posted on Twitter, sighted by YEN.com.gh, the 19-year-old is seen celebrating the game's only goal on Sunday, October 17, 2021.

Hearts of Oak fans celebrate win against Wydad. SOURCE: Twitter/ @442GH
Isaac Mensah's clinical finish earns Hearts first leg victory against Wydad. SOURCE: Twitter/ @442GH
Source: Twitter

The Ghana Premier League champions, Hearts of Oak, began the game slowly with Wydad piling an early pressure on the hosts.

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The visitors almost fetched an opener early in the game but for the heroics of Hearts goalkeeper Richard Attah, who was returning from international duty with the Black Stars.

The game swung after twenty minutes as Hearts began to warm themselves into the match, with forwards Daniel Barnieh and Kofi Kordzi making all the positive moves.

Hearts of Oak thought they should have won a penalty after striker Afriyie Barnieh was brought down by the Wydad goalie, but referee Helder Martins Carvalho waved play on. A similar incident happened when forward Kofi Kordzi looked to have been impeded in the box.

After waves and waves of attack, the deadlock was finally broken after Isaac Mensah met a delightful cross from midfielder Salifu Ibrahim in the 42nd minute.

Hearts went into the break with the advantage and should have had more after the break.

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Despite all the chances created, the Phobians could not find a second goal cushion, but the Moroccans had a last minute goal ruled offside.

“Tactically I think the game was good for us because many even thought Hearts of Oak cannot even get a goal against WAC but of course we wanted to score more as well," said coach of Hearts of Oak, Samuel Boadu, after the game.

Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that, Ghanaian actor, Kwadwo Nkansah, professionally known as Lil Win, has signed a deal with football club, New Edubiase United.

The actor signed an ambassadorial deal with the club but he has claimed he joined the team in the interest of switching careers.

In an interview with Happy FM, Lil Win revealed he signed a two year deal to play football.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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